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Monday, April 11, 2005

Hanami~ (Apr 9, Pt 1)

It was a very sunny Saturday. Everywhere in Kyoto was flooded with people joining for Hanami (花見, cherry-blossom viewing). An activity that most Japanese eager for spring-to-come.

Fish Fish too... joined the crowd. I went to Kyoto Prefecture Botanical Garden (京都府立植物園) to have a hanami with a few Malaysians in Kyoto. The entrance fee was only 200yen per adult.

I'll be posting a lot of spring flower pics for this series. Especially dedicated to Acrix, as you are so addicted into flowers lately. :P Hope you enjoy all the hana. Btw, he posted a lot of hot chicks pics lately, guys, go to let your nose bleeds. :P

Ok, here we go... Hopefully after this, you will have a better concept that spring in Japan aint just about sakura only. There are actually a lot of temptating flowers in spring...

Sakura~ Sakura~

:) The full blooming red red tulip - Red Emperor vs densely blossoming pink pink sakura - Yoshino Cherry. It was the first scene I saw once I went into the Garden.

A close up look of the Red Emperor. I prefer tulip in semi-blooming shape. Prettier~ ;)

However, the main cast on that day was definitely... the enchanting sakura.

Heee... the youngest member in our picnic that day. Sweet little Yue Xue (葉雪, literally means Leaf Snow. She came with her mummy that day.) We all call her Koyuki (little snow).

See our very messy food and drink layout... :P Taste is the most imporant thing.

Right above our picnic place, we have these nice sakura gave us a right shade from sunburn. Nice huh~

In Japan, a feast or any eating occasion will owez start with a nice "Kanpai". Heee... fish fish was using one hand kanpai, one hand clicked the button. Good skill ler~ *shameless*

This mee goreng was kindly prepared by Sylvia. Thanks gal, it was oshikatta yo! It was Patrick's hand with the chopstick. This guy just came back from Europe trip. *jeles jeles* Hey!! Where is my omiyage, you haven't give me!

"Wait! Fish Fish... must learn the Japanese style... taking food picture must owez with the chopstick scooping up the noodle. Look more alive."

So, here's the pic. ;)

Leong oso prepared a very nice spaghetti with very generous portion of seafood. It was yum yum~ until I forgot to take a pic on it. :P

The other were all lazy bums, everything bought.

Around us, group by group of people enjoying their time leisurely under the sakura trees. The breeze was bringing a mild scent of flower mixed with different type of foods. Kekeke... It is forbiddened to Karaoke inside the garden, so we have a peaceful picnic time. I still think the concept of Karaoke during Hanami is "weird".

Meet the members on that day. From left to right (clockwise) : Sylvia, Kim, Kim Siang, Nicholas, Francis (Nicholas's brother that come for holidays), Patrick (9 out of his 10 pics must with a cap), Khoo, Qing Yen and Yue Xue, Leong.

It was really a great gathering. We had a splendid time. The only thing was, time passing too fast. We have made a promise to hold another gathering again in summer time. Yeah!

Patrick and Yue Xue. See his happy face? You know how much effort he had put in order to make Yue Xue willing to be embraced by him? He tried 4 times before he managed to get her. Kekeke...

Here are some of the sakura shots that I took on that day.

Pinkish sakura with blue blue sky.

A closer look at the most abundant sakura species in Japan - Someiyoshino (ソメイヨシノ, Yoshino Cherry). Its scientific name is Prunus x yedoensis. Fish Fish personally like this species. The grand sight of this bloom-in-one-go species can really thrill and capture any heart.

A different species of sakura. Look more like an apple flower huh~ (Hmm.. maybe it is an apple flower?) Different from the species in the earlier pic, this species flower efflorescence happens in the same time with the leaves shooting out.

A less popular type of sakura. Deep pinkish colour. Yap, sakura also got rank in their species.

A branded one is such as this one. Called Yaezakura (八重桜, multi-layered sakura).

See most of the buds still not yet bloom? This is because yaezakura only blossom after the Yoshino cherry.

A deeper pink colour version of Yaezakura.

White sakura buds that looks like cute white cotton balls that stick randomly on the sticks.

Another different breed of Yaezakura. This version has notched edge for the flower petals.

Hope this sakura post give you a pleasure view. ^_^

I'll be back with different flowers tomorrow.

Tata~ ^o^/~


At 1:48 AM, Blogger 5xmom ~chanlilian.net~ said...

OOOOOOOOO....fish fish, the flowers are soooooo pretty. I wish I get to sit under the sakura trees, having picnic like you one day. Meantime, i go watch Para para sakura first. I wish, I wish, I wish....Thank you so much for bring so many nice things to show us. BTW, I am getting good traffic from your blog . Hmmm...must be the Penang food. I will also try that next time, use the chopstick to pick up noodles! Copycat.

At 3:14 AM, Blogger Saffron said...

Wah Fish, luckily I'm not studying in Japan, if not sure die liao. Grades will suffer while I go and lie down in the field and watch the trees. :)

At 3:45 AM, Blogger Patrick Leong said...

ya wor....how come i am so happy geh ?

At 4:34 AM, Blogger Acrix said...

Lovely flower post! Yaezakura looks very elegant and pure (coz of white~).NEver knoe that sakura oso got so many species coz those normally shown on tv are of pink color 1~ It;s so nice to have a bunch of frenz picnicking under the tree and at the same time appreciating the beauty of the flower~

At 6:33 AM, Blogger Lee Ai Ling said...

Ah..three Msians didn't get to hanami with you guys in the Botanical Garden because of prior plans. But we did cycled our way there later in the afternoon along the Kamogawa river which was so beautiful with the blooming trees but hideously packed with people!

At 6:46 AM, Blogger Nightraveller said...

yeah, there were new faces (or should i be the one in this cotegory?) in the gathering...too bad I couldnt make it.

Anyway, since AhFu has said his Sayonara to Kansai, we all will rely on Fish Fish from now on :-p

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kirei yo. One question, is Sakura has a lot of pollen?? I never go to SF Japantown cherry blossom festival. it just a few sakura trees, can't really feel the "blossom" like picture you shown here. so beautiful. Good job taking those picture!

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous winterx said...

ahhh~ fish fish! it's so lovely. if only i could have been there to see for myself. oh and you took really great pictures. =)

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Julie said...

fish fish.. u can swim in the sakuraland liao.. a splendid view.. *jealous* =p

At 10:51 PM, Blogger cooknengr said...

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At 10:54 PM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish

Good job on the pictures, I like the first one very abstract. When are you getting the new digicam ?

At 1:05 AM, Blogger fish fish said...

5xmom : Heee... which noodle? Penang prawn mee is it? Or Hokkien Mee? Looking forward. Just posted the 2nd part, more flowers. :P

saffron : No worry dear... the period for sakura very short only, the most you can lie down everyday is for a week only.

patrick leong : Of course lar~ finally get the gal's hug, mana take happy?

acrix : Yap, acrix, picnic under sakura indeed something must try. Especially when you are with the gang tat you will enjoy very much. ;)

lee ai ling : Hello ai ling, nice to see you here. I suppose the 3 Malaysians are you, lixing and eddie right? Hopefully the next time, you guys manage to join.

nightraveller : ?? Rely me on what, Li Xing? Be the organiser for gathering? We take turn lor~ Hmm... miss Ah Fu, wonder how is his new life in Hiroshima.

blackwidow : Yap, a lot of pollen. But you can't really feel it. You worry the pollen makes you allergy is it?

winterx : Thanks. Hey, you can try to do picnic during rose blossoming season. I think UK got a lot of rose right? :)

julie : Swim cannot. But I had sakura rain before. Man~ as though I was in a dreamy land that time.

cooknengr : wei~ da ge, the link cannot be seen one. What you wanna show me? Btw, my money for buying camera no more liao... Spent on my driving test... until now not yet pass, shame shame. And you know I need to save more money for the coming important planning. :P Boh Lui nanti muka hijau hijau. So, stick to my Lau Yar camera at the moment lor.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish, it was Haaa Cheeeeww


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